Animals Confined With Feces at Kingwood Pet Retailer; PETA Seeks Felony Probe


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January 3, 2024

Brittney Williams 202-483-7382

Kingwood, Texas – Damning U.S. Division of Agriculture (USDA) stories simply obtained by PETA reveal that native animal breeder and pet retailer Animal Ark has been cited for a number of violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act after an inspector discovered animals confined to cages stuffed with collected feces in ramshackle rooms. In response, PETA rushed an pressing letter at this time to Harris County District Lawyer Kim Ogg urging her to have a veterinarian go to the power with investigators and file acceptable fees in opposition to these liable for the neglect.

Based on the stories, on November 27 a retailer consultant “refused to permit [the inspector] to conduct the inspection” and complained that inspections have been occurring too continuously. A September 11 inspection report documented algae rising inside a number of animals’ water bottles, and on Might 24 an inspector discovered rabbits, hedgehogs, and guinea pigs confined to enclosures by which the flooring have been greater than half-covered with feces and that the rooms by which the enclosures have been positioned had a “noticeable foul odor,” amongst different points.

“Animals languish in filthy circumstances at pet shops like Animal Ark, which treats them as nothing however commodities,” says PETA Vice President of Proof Evaluation Daniel Paden. “PETA is urging Harris County authorities to prosecute these liable for this neglect and calls on everybody to keep away from shopping for animals from any pet retailer or breeder.”

PETA is pursuing fees beneath state regulation as a result of the USDA doesn’t render aid or support to animals throughout its inspections and these infractions carry no federal felony or civil penalties.

PETA—whose motto reads, partly, that “animals are usually not ours to abuse in any method”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For extra details about PETA’s investigative newsgathering and reporting, please go to, take heed to The PETA Podcast, or comply with the group on X (previously Twitter), Fb, or Instagram.


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